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Morocco to Re-open Cervantes Theatre in Tangier

Facade of the Cervantes theatre, pictured in the Moroccan city of Tangiers, on January

Rabat – According to the Spanish daily newspaper “El Mundo,” Spain will donate the theater of Cervantes in Tangier to Morocco in order to restore and manage it. 

The Cervantes theatre, pictured in the Moroccan city of Tangiers, on January 22, 2014Thirty years after shutting down this theater, Spain has decided to transform the historical building into a cultural center.

“We made an arrangement with the Spanish state through a convention, now, the adjustment process depends on Spain,” the Secretary General of the Ministry of Culture was quoted by Telquel as saying.

The Ministry of Culture has already started the first studies on this project: “We have been working on it for a week and wish that the project’s budget will be included in the law of finance of 2017,” he said.

Restoring the legendary theater and changing it into a cultural center is a challenging goal for Morocco.

The Cervantes Theatre was inaugurated in Tangier in 1913 by Antoni Gallego, Manuel Pena and Esperanza Orellana. It has 1400 seats and was considered the biggest theater in North Africa until it was shut down in 1974.

Despite the mobilization of the civil society, the Cervantes Theater was closed because of the expensive coasts on its restauration and management.

Abandoned playhouse of the Cervantes theatre, pictured in the Moroccan city of Tangiers, on January 23, 2014

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